A Room with a View is a 1908 novel by English writer E.M. Forster, about a young woman in the restrained culture of Edwardian era England. Set in Italy and England, the story is both a romance and a humorous critique of English society. She longs for independence and freedom from the constrictions of being a woman at the beginning of the 20th century. In this novel, Lucy Honeychurch is wooed by two gentlemen and she must decide to marry for love or money. Merchant Ivory produced an award-winning film adaptation in 1985. The Modern Library ranked ‘A Room with a View’ 79th on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.